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When you buy a beat, you are purchasing material copyrighted by the relevant producer. With this purchase comes certain leeway and rights the producer grants you over the beat. This is what is called a License Agreement.
There are two major licenses, namely:
The Purchasing Process
- Our Beat Store
2. Explore Producers’ Pricing The next step is to look at and compare producers’ pricing. Your budget will help determine which beats to purchase and which ones to pass. Although prices vary, most beats prices range from $20 – $100 for typical beats and $500+ for exclusive ones. 3. Look and Understand Their Terms Most producers selling beats online have similar terms and conditions in their contracts. Nonetheless, it’s important to do your due diligence and understand the fine print. Most of these contracts discuss the set amount of units you are allowed to sell, the crediting of producers on the song, and a couple of other things. With higher priced beats, some sections of the contract that tend to make your success with the beat a bit hard. So be careful. Note: When purchasing cheaper beats, you don’t always get a contract a to sign but this doesn’t mean that you can do whatever you want. In these cases, make sure you come through the terms and agreements of your purchase. 4. Write To The Beat Before Purchasing Sometimes, just because you have found an amazing beat, it doesn’t mean that you can write to it. It is highly recommended for artists to try writing to the beat before buying it. Don’t let the fear of losing the beat tie you down. Most producers use similar beats per minute (the speed of the beat) and patterns, so you are guaranteed to find the best beat for you. 5. Purchase The Beat At this juncture, you have scoped the market, found the beat that you really like, compared and decided on the price, wrote your lyrics, and are now ready to make it official. Now that beats are being sold online, it is fairly easy to find and buy beats from producers. Other than looking for how to buy beats from producers’ profiles, you can try looking for some of their stuff on these platforms:
Is buying beats online safe?
Most producers use a Beat Store Provider to sell their beats online. This is why most of their websites all look the same. These platforms have stellar reputations for representing producers and their music. The deliver instant delivery upon payment and checkout
If you want to check and confirm a producer’s affiliation with these platforms, you can simply search for them by name in the search engine. If they are not on these platforms you can simply reach out to the producer themselves with any queries and concerns.
What is my next step if one of my songs produced on a leased bit becomes a hit?
If you work well within your payment and benefits agreement then you will not be fined or penalized for being a success. Instead, what will happen is you will need to talk and negotiated a deal with the producer.
If he still holds the exclusive rights to the beat then you will need to come up with a payment agreement for you to upgrade and buy the exclusive rights to beat. However, if they do not wish to sell their rights, then you will either have to agree on a deal that hashes out sharing and distribution of the profits you make or, unfortunately, take down the track if that is their wish.
If I buy a non-exclusive license for a beat, use it then after a while someone buys the exclusive rights for the same beat, what am I supposed to do?
When you buy beats online, you are guaranteed to enjoy the rights that you received and agreed on upon payment of the beat. Therefore, when someone buys the exclusive rights it will not immediately affect you.
Nowadays, producers sell licenses that are valid for about 2-4 years. This means that once your license expires after this term you can renew and buy another license for the beat.
So in a case where someone buys the exclusive rights to the beat during your term, all it would mean is that you will not be able to renew your license after your term. All this and more is usually explained in the full terms and agreement when you are buying the beat.
Recently, some producers tend to install new terms into their license agreements. It’s mostly a term that gives the producer all the power to end your term before your license agreement expires. In return, they will have to pay you triple or double of what you initially paid for the beat. Don’t fret, because more often than not this does not end up being a problem for you. That is unless your song becomes a huge success.
If you handle your business correctly the possibility of these scenarios becoming catastrophic are rare, so happy shopping!